The omission of a redesigned CTS coupe from the Cadillac lineup may have given discomfort to Cadillac fans, but perhaps the 2015 ATS coupe will be a good substitute. Set to debut this summer at $38,990 including destination, the ATS coupe has all the magnificent competencies that the sedan has but in a style that a coupe could only bring.
“All of the surface development unique to the ATS Coupe was done with aerodynamics in mind,” says ATS chief engineer, David Masch. “We are able to achieve lift and downforce requirements to insure, at top speed, we retain handling without having to add a rear spoiler.” The roof, doors, rear fenders, and trunk lid are not shared with the sedan. Additionally, the front fenders and fascia are different to handle a wider track with 18-inch wheels.
What shared, however, is the sedan’s tight chassis with 109.3-inch wheelbase that has drawn praise from the automotive media on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet at 60.3 inches front and 61.7 inches rear, the coupe has a 0.8-inch wider track. Overall height is 1.1 inches lower than the sedan’s; overall length is longer by 0.8 inches.
“The wider track also helps improve steering precision and direct response. The lower roof contributes to a lower center of gravity height, which also reduces roll and improves steering response,” says Cadillac Executive Chief Engineer David Leone.
Indeed, the coupe is not just an ATS sedan with two doors lopped off—it’s designed to be lighter, more agile, and more engaging than the already superb sedan (and, naturally, its competitors). When the ATS coupe hits the street this summer, enthusiasts will have the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the power from a 2.0L turbo-four or a 3.6L six.